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Training

Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process in Coastal California

This one-day workshop trained participants in how to better plan for, and streamline, the permitting and environmental review processes for projects in California’s coastal zone. 

Date

Thursday, September 26, 2013
7:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
Watsonville
Lunch will be provided

COST: $185.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED


Instructor Information

Ms. Monique Fountain
Director, Tidal Wetland Program
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Ms. April Zohn
Environmental Regulatory Specialist
Lux Environmental Consulting

Contact

Grey Hayes
grey@elkhornslough.org
831-274-8700

Sponsors

Description

See also: Permitology, Sustainable Human Systems

 

Participants were trained in how to better plan for, and streamline, the permitting and environmental review processes for projects in California’s coastal zone. The workshop drew on the combined regulatory compliance and project management expertise of the presenters and their successful experience permitting and managing wetland restoration and infrastructure improvement projects in the San Francisco Bay and central coast of California. The course included an overview and discussion of natural resource laws typical of California’s coastal environment, as well as a discussion of how to best integrate and coordinate multiple environmental review processes. The class also trained participants in how to use project management and relationship building as a foundation for agency coordination and long-term resource management.

 

Workshop Format

 

This workshop consisted of indoor lectures, group discussion, and skills-based field site review.  Lectures were from an expert in environmental review and compliance as well as an experienced environmental restoration project manager.  Facilitated group discussion was designed to answer participant questions on the material.  Field site review and associated exercises focused on improved integration of the lecture material.  All activities took place at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, there was a short walk to the field site..

 

Workshop Objectives

 

By attending the course, participants:

 

  • Develop a basic understanding of the natural resource laws that apply to projects in California’s coastal zone.
  • Discuss opportunities to integrate and streamline environmental review and permit processes.
  • Identify key components of a successful permitting effort.
  • Conduct a site visit to a successful restoration project in the Elkhorn Slough estuary to consider and assimilate information gained in the classroom 

 

Topics Discussed

 

Overview of Natural Resource Laws

  • Wetlands and water quality
  • Endangered species and fish/wildlife habitats
  • Coastal zone protection laws
  • Cultural resource regulations
  • CEQA
  • NEPA

 

Integrating and Coordinating the Environmental Review Process

  • Objectives of integration
  • Integration opportunities
  • Common problems

 

Key Components of a Successful Environmental Compliance Approach

  • Project management
  • Coordination
  • Building and maintaining key relationships

Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

DOCUMENT AUTHOR / SOURCE
WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Agenda: Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process in Coastal California
PDF, 615KB
April Zohn
Elkhorn Coastal Training
September 2013
California Coastal Management Program: List of Federal Licenses and Permits Subject to Certification for Consistency
PDF, 17KB
California Coastal Commission
State of California - The Resources Agency
1999
Handout: California Coastal Zone Management Agency Resources List
PDF, 299KB
April Zohn
Elkhorn Coastal Training
September 2013
Handout: Overview of Federal & State Natural Resource Laws and Regulations Potentially Applicable in California’s Coastal Zone
DOCX, 20KB
April Zohn
Lux Environmental Consulting
September 2013
Handout: Project Milestone Chart for Navigating Environmental Compliance for a Coastal Restoration Project
PDF, 162KB
Monique Fountain
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
September 2013
Presentation: Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process in Coastal California
PDF, 1.5MB
April Zohn and Monique Fountain
Elkhorn Coastal Training
September 2013
PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Taking Slippage Seriously: Noncompliance and Creative Compliance in Environmental Law
PDF, 1.9MB
Daniel A. Farber
23 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 297
1999

Links

Project management tool (planning and mapping): WBS Chart
http://www.criticaltools.com/wbsmain.htm

Project management tool: Basecamp
https://basecamp.com/

Project management tool: Sharepoint
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/

Project management tool: Smartsheet
http://www.smartsheet.com/

Wetlands, Streams, and Other Waters: Regulation, Conservation and Mitigation Planning
http://www.solano.com/processxml.asp?tid=WE2&StyleSheet=title.xsl

Questions and Answers

Submit a question on this subject and we'll provide an answer. info@elkhornsloughctp.org